19.08.2006: Cora Venus Lunny joins TaraWatch protest:TaraWatch

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Getting the message out, both nationally and internationally, is the most challenging part of the campaign. And we are recording an album in the hope of widening our support base.

Yesterday, Cora Venus Lunny came on board the campaign, and has offered
to play on the Tara of the Kings album, as well as play at a concert.

She's as hot as they get, in terms of new Irish talent.


Established as one of Ireland's leading classical musicians since her
teens, Cora Venus Lunny Cora Venus Lunny is active as a soloist and
chamber musician on both violin and viola, interpreter of contemporary
classical music, jazz violinist and composer.

Born into a musical family of Irish and German parents in Dublin,
Cora Venus was given her first violin at the age of three, immediately
showing a natural aptitude and love for the instrument. A brief fling
with movie acting failed to distract her, and a life in music became
her ambition. From the age of thirteen she studied intensively with
highly respected violinists around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya,
Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir

Cora Venus has performed at all of Ireland's major concert venues -
both in the Republic and the North - including the Waterfront Hall,
Belfast and the Point Depot in Dublin. Her concerto performances in
Northern Ireland which included the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1
with the Ulster Orchestra, were received with great acclaim. Since her
first performance on live national TV at the age of five, CVL has
recorded many times for numerous TV and radio channels in Ireland and
the UK, and her debut at the Kremlin was publicised on Russian radio &

In 2002, Cora was a guest musician on Sinead O'Connor's album of
traditional Irish songs, "Sean Nos Nua", her first excursion into the
truly "non-classical" world. This inspired her to improvise more and
experiment with other genres of music. A few months in Vienna among the
classical establishment became an unintentional sabbatical, and
confirmed for Cora that despite her love for classical music, she
needed to broaden her musical horizons.

Cora's involvement over the past few years with MIT Media Lab,
playing Tod Machover's Toy Symphony on the Hyperviolin, has taken her
to Berlin (playing with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin under
Kent Nagano), Boston and NYC - where she performed with the Boston
Modern Orchestra under Gil Rose.

The 2003 season saw Cora performing concertos by Bruch and Beethoven
in the North and Republic of Ireland. A jam with Nigel Kennedy in
Dingle in the summer (which appeared in Philip King's recently
broadcast documentary) resulted in his inviting her to Berlin with his
band, to play some Polish folk music and a bit of Jimi Hendrix.
Subsequently Cora Venus accompanied Kennedy on a tour of Taiwan, Japan
and New Zealand as second soloist, playing Vivaldi Double Concertos and
the odd bit of Bartok. In 2004, Cora's musical travels took her as far
as Iceland and the Faeroe Island, and saw her make her first foray into
film score composition.

A highlight of the 2005 season was Cora's first live performance on
viola: she appeared in duo with the legendary Vladimir Spivakov in
Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, with the
Ulster Orchestra under the direction of Spivakov. This summer she
undertook a highly successful tour of the Auvergne in duo with
harpsichordist Paulina Tkaczyk, and the 2005 / 2006 season sees her
performing several times in Moscow, finishing various recording
projects, and starting two new duo partnerships, with Brahms Guitarist
Redmond O’Toole, and pianist Irena Gulzarova.

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